When talking to High School students, we encourage them to not only systematically set up a college search process, but we also ask them to create a plan for succeeding once they have chosen which college they will attend.
One key to developing a successful plan for college is to have the end in mind. Understanding the job or type of job a student is shooting for after college allows students to identify the skills needed for that career. They can then use their college experience to help position themselves for their future career.
In addition to better preparing for your future career while in college, having a plan in place will help students to make an educated decision if and when they decide to change plans. As students they develop skills toward their career they can decide if this is something they would like to continue to pursue.
Have you created your career plan? Spend some time thinking about how college can help you to launch a successful career.